2010 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2010 - ABBA, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, The Hollies, The Stooges - are inducted at the 25th Annual Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
2003 The Offspring announce that their new album will be called Chinese Democracy, mocking the long-delayed Guns N' Roses release. Offspring lead singer Dexter Holland says, "Axl ripped-off my braids, so I ripped-off his album title."
1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono get caught "standing in the dock at Southampton, trying to get to Holland or France" as passport problems stall their wedding. They get married five days later in Gibraltar, and use their adventure in the lyrics to "The Ballad Of John And Yoko."
2019 Sam Smith says he is nonbinary, telling Jameela Jamil, "I am not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between."
2015 Kendrick Lamar releases his third studio album, To Pimp A Butterfly, which debuts at #1.
2014 Scott Asheton (drummer for The Stooges) dies of a heart attack at age 64.
2008 The musical I Am Who I Am, based on the life of singer Teddy Pendergrass, opens in Chicago.
2005 The third offering from Daft Punk, Human After All, is released in the US a day after its launch in the rest of the world. Recorded in just six weeks, it is a critical and commercial disappointment, leading the French duo to retreat into the studio to reconsider their direction and to call up some big-name collaborators for their next effort, Random Access Memories.
2003 Brad Paisley marries actress Kimberly Williams at Pepperdine University's Stauffer Chapel. They first met when the singer cast her as his female lead in his music video for "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)."
2002 Marshall Leib (of The Teddy Bears) dies of a heart attack at age 63.
1999 Curtis Mayfield, Del Shannon, Dusty Springfield, Paul McCartney, The Staple Singers, Billy Joel, and Bruce Springsteen are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Springsteen reunites with the E Street Band to perform at the ceremony.
1988 Talking Heads release their eighth album, Naked, which ends up being their last, as David Bryne breaks up the group three years later. It's produced by Steve Lillywhite, whose wife, Kirsty MacColl, sings on the track "(Nothing But) Flowers."
1986 Starship's "Sara" hits #1 on the Hot 100. It's the second chart-topper (following "We Built This City") for the third iteration of the group, which was previously Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.
1983 Cathy Smith is arrested for second-degree murder for providing the drugs that killed John Belushi.
1982 The Songwriters Hall Of Fame, formed in 1969, finally lets Bob Dylan in.
1979 At a party following a Stephen Stills concert, Elvis Costello gets in an argument with Bonnie Bramlett of Delaney and Bonnie, and reportedly refers to Ray Charles as a "blind, ignorant ni--er." Costello pleads inebriation, and says he was just trying to outrage her.
The New York Public Library opens the Lou Reed Archive, with photos, recordings and other media documenting his career.
As part of the opening, the library issues 6,000 special edition library cards with Reed's image and releases a reading list devoted to Reed. Among the selections: Essential Teachings by The Dalai Lama and The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll. The materials were donated by Reed's wife, Laurie Anderson, who turned over the collection, which includes over 600 hours of recordings. It took two years to catalog and prepare the archive.
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